Breaking ground in the CO foothills!

This week we have some actual excavation going on on our foothills building site!  YES!

IMGP2739We were up there the other evening at dusk and experienced a magnificent light show!

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We had a lovely home in the suburbs, but Mike always said he wasn’t moving again until we got a view.. well I guess we will get that with our new home!

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I am pleasingly surprised at how much I love the rural life.  When we go up to visit our new home site, I just have to pinch myself to believe this will all be ours!

DSCF0797To each her own, but I feel like one lucky dog!!!

success is the best revengeFrom one miserable, unemployed divorcee to a happily married writer with a bright new life up in those beautiful hills in just ten years… can’t beat that!

 Eat your heart out JOHN…                  You know who you are!

‘Proof of Life’ in online dating

Did any of you see the interview with Nev Schulman on TV the other day?  He has a new book out about ‘catfishing’… which apparently means lying online to get a date.

catfishHere’s the meaning from the Urban Dictionary: ‘A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.’

I found this all quite entertaining, because I met my new [and improve!] husband through Match.com over nine years ago. Yes, you have to be super careful out there, and yet I just don’t get how lying to others about who you are will ever pay off!

The part of Nev’s interview I found most entertaining was how some lie with their photos online, by having them photoshopped, etc.  He said the new thing is to ask perspective dates to go have their photo taken with a specific item in their hand, to get a more recent and accurate image.

DSCF0779My mind immediately leapt to those ‘proof of life’ photos from a kidnapping.  You know, where the money won’t be dropped off until they see a photo of the victim, holding a newspaper with today’s date on it… WHAT is the world coming to?

How to Cultivate an Open Heart

Elaine's butterfly small 2007-019If you truly do want to change and find a way to love yourself and others, go study this article by the Dalai Lama. 

Then take small steps everyday towards  living it.  I guarantee this simple practice will lighten your load, and light the way towards a much better life and a much better world… one full of love!

Country road, take me home…

Our favorite pastime, since we moved to a small town in southern Colorado, is to take off on some county road just to see where it goes.  This morning, on our way back from La Veta, I took a few photos that show exactly how nice it is down here… DSCF0689

Along County Road 510, on the way to the land we plan to build on soon, there is a cool adobe ruin…  DSCF0696

Then we got to our land and I finally walked all the way around it!  We had record rain in July here, so at the bottom of the hill I found this lovely grouping of wildflowers and deadwood: DSCF0712

This was our view on the way back to Highway 160.  Loved the shadow of the clouds on the mountains…  DSCF0724

Life’s romantic challenges…

Don’t we all want to make the perfect match, and then live happily ever after?  The only problem with that plan is that life will get in the way.  It always does.

You would probably not believe the number of romantic challenges Mike and I have faced in the past year. The year began with a possible plan to move to Ecuador to save money. That plan fell through for a number of reasons, when I went to Cuenca for a short visit last September.

View from our landPlan B was to find a reasonably priced piece of land in southern Colorado with a great view.  We achieved that goal fairly easily.

The hard part was emptying out our present home in Fort Collins, fixing it up, staging it, selling it and then moving all of our earthly possessions to a small rental in a town in southern Colorado.  If you don’t see a few major romantic challenges there, you have no experience in relationships!

Stress equals arguments.  Change equals disagreements… that’s about the size of it.

Mike + Laura small versionNow we face what some tell me is the greatest challenge of all, building a new home together.

We just got a permit to start building a solar home on the land pictured above…              wish us both luck!